Annual BHS Jazz Fest to feature Roger Ingram

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The 18th annual Boardman High School Jazz Fest will take place on March 27 at 6:45 p.m. in the Boardman Performing Arts Center.

The event will feature all four of Boardman’s Jazz Ensembles including the eighth grade group.

Tickets are available at the door and are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Seniors and children are admitted free.

The special guest artist this year is trumpet player extraordinaire Roger Ingram. Ingram is a trumpet player famous for his high notes. He began his professional career at age 16 touring with the Louis Bellson Big Band and at 17, he was with the Quincy Jones Big Band. Other performing, touring and recording credits include Woody Herman, Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, Chico O’Farrill, Tom Jones, Ray Charles, Maynard Ferguson, Wynton Marsalis and Arturo Sandoval. Ingram joined the Harry Connick, Jr. Big Band and recorded 19 albums with him, including the Grammy Award-winning “Songs I Heard.”

The 2016 Downbeat Readers Poll lists Ingram as the second favorite trumpet player bested only by Wynton Marsalis, whom he recorded seven albums with. Ingram’s busy schedule has him touring the world to do performances and clinics with high school, college and professional bands and recording and performing in and around the Chicago area. XO Brass/Jupiter Musical Instruments is co-sponsoring Ingram’s appearance along with the Boardman High School jazz program.

The Jazz Fest begins on March 26 with an open rehearsal/clinic from 1-3 p.m. in the Boardman band room. This event is free and those who attend will receive a special pass to get into the concert on March 27 for a discounted price. Ingram will play with each of the high school groups. His featured selections include “Beauty and the Beast,” “Blues in the Closet,” “Pavane,” “Autumn in New York,” and “Oleo.”

Ingram was added to the list of local and famous guest artists to play with the Jazz Ensembles by Boardman Director of Bands Thomas Ruggieri. Past guests include Joe Graziosi, Mike Tomaro, Bernie Dresel, Jack Schantz, Maynard Ferguson, Randy Purcell and Phil Woods.

The jazz program continues to collect honors and unique opportunities including opening acts for Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band and the Buddy Rich Big Band. Jazz 1 and 2 have played several engagements at New York City’s famous jazz club Swing 46, B.B. King’s Blues Club, and The Blue Wisp in Cincinnati and BluJazz+ in Akron.

Jazz goes year-round at Boardman. The schedule for this year’s Summer Jazz Ensemble includes appearances at Firestone Park in Columbiana, Boardman Park and WaterFire Sharon.

Check the Boardman band website at www.boardmanband.org for complete information.

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